E-sports have become a fully functioning operated business with salaries and perks. Within a month, 102 players will be drafted for the inaugural NBA 2K League, an e-sports league that tips off in May.
This is a true gamers fantasy. Players will receive a minimum $32,000 salary, $35,000 if they are a first-round draft pick of their respected teams.
They’ll receive paid travel, housing, food, medical and retirement benefits, and access to the same training facilities as the basketball stars. For members of Sacramento’s Kings Guard, that includes fresh kombucha and nitrogen-infused coffee.
The six-member teams will play a three-month regular season, followed by about a month of playoffs, to decide winners of a prize pool worth $1 million.
“It’s crazy — I never thought a video game would get this big,” said Nasser, who learned last week that his per-video game averages of 24 points and 14 assists per game were good enough to make it to a final round of tryouts. For Nasser, a former guard for the basketball team at San Bruno’s Capuchino High School, the chance to play for the Warriors or any other team in the league “would mean the world to me.”